This recipe combines a marinade, an injected marinade, and a stovetop smoker to create smoked pork chops that equal what comes out of the offset smoker in warmer months. Leave the cover slightly open until a light smoke develops (about 10 minutes or so) then slide the cover completely closed and smoke the chops for 30 minutes while preheating the oven to 400 degrees F. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.
2 double-thick pork chops, about 12 ounces each
1/2 cup apple juice or cider
1/4 cup clover honey
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground dried ginger
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons apple, cherry, or hickory shavings
Apple honey marinade (recipe follows)
Evenly trim any fat on the pork chops to a 1/4-inch thickness. Score the fat along the edges to prevent the chops from curling as they cook.
Prepare the marinade by combining apple juice, honey, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, black pepper and ginger in a mixing bowl. Strain 1/4 cup of the marinade into another bowl and reserve.
Using the strained marinade and a "Cajun Injector" kitchen syringe, inject the pork chops with the reserved marinade and place the chops in a resealable plastic bag. Add the remaining marinade to the bag and marinate the chops, refrigerated, at least 4 hours or overnight.
Remove the chops from the marinade and pat them dry. Brush with olive oil and season with coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Prepare the stovetop smoker by placing 1 1/2 tablespoons of apple, cherry, or hickory shavings (or any combination) into the smoker and adding the drip pan and rack. Position the chops on the cooking rack, slide the cover almost closed and place the smoker on a cooling rack. If desired, use the pan drippings to make a brown sauce for the chops.
Carefully place the smoker in the preheated oven and bake the chops for 8 to 10 minutes or until the chops reach an internal temperature of 155 degrees F. Allow the chops to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Yield: 2 servings
Heat Scale: Mild